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Welcome to Steam In Action

about-steam-in-actionSteam in Action was started some years ago in order to draw attention to the many difficulties steam preservation and steam tourism organisations have to deal with in South Africa. Our intervention resulted in a large number of locomotives being saved from the scrap heap. It has certainly been a much greater success than initially expected and it shows there are many people out there who are dedicated to ensuring that South Arica's magnificent rail and steam heritage survives into the future. Resulting from our strenuous efforts we were requested by the Heritage Rail Association of South Africa, the statutory umbrella body for the industry, to give them an opportunity to try and achieve results through negotiations with the authorities.  We agreed to this but more than two years later we are singularly unimpressed with the lack of results.  We have therefore decided to raise...

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Camels and Cadillacs

12-06-2014 Hits:181 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Camels and Cadillacs

Phil Girdlestone recently released this title on the History of the South African Railways 25 Class Condensers and 25NC 4-8-4's. Click here for further details You can order your copy direct from...

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Apple on Track - May 2014 Newsletter

12-06-2014 Hits:176 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Apple on Track - May 2014 Newsletter

The official newsletter of the Apple Express Click here to view the newsletter - PDF

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Steam Dreams - Business Day article

12-06-2014 Hits:104 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Steam Dreams - Business Day article

Allan Seccombe from Business Day recently attended Stars of Sandstone 2014 which was held at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State.   He found his visit to be just the...

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Old Steam Locomotives in South Africa

12-06-2014 Hits:70 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

We have been sent the following link to photos and text mostly about forgotten South African Steam Locomotives which have been found all over South Africa.  A sad story of...

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New title released by Dennis Moore

30-05-2014 Hits:138 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

New title released by Dennis Moore

Dennis Moore has just released a new title "Memories of British Industrial Steam in the 1970s". He sent us the following synopsis and other details: This book "Memories of British Industrial Steam in...

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News from Paddock in Natal

10-04-2014 Hits:345 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

News from Paddock in Natal

News from Paddock in Natal Steam in Action members should refer to the section on Paddock (see page 10) in the Stars of Sandstone newsletter below.  We are receiving mixed signals...

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Railway History Group Bulletin No. 123 - April 2014

10-04-2014 Hits:244 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Railway History Group Bulletin No. 123 - April 2014

Railway History Group Bulletin No. 123 - April 2014 Click here to read the full bulletin - 1.2MB PDF

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News from the Steam Railway Modelling world

10-04-2014 Hits:191 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

News from the Steam Railway Modelling world

News from the Steam Railway Modelling world. Click here to view The North Star Chronicles - 1MB PDF

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Well-loved steam train to return?

10-04-2014 Hits:186 SIA News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Well-loved steam train to return? 2014-03-26 09:18 Port Elizabeth - After operations were suspended in 2011, Port Elizabeth's famous Apple Express heritage trail may be making a comeback.  According to a...

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Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

30-05-2014 Hits:175 Friends of the Rail Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

Friends of the Rail will be holding an open day on 6th July 2014.  Details are as follows: Click here to view full details - 657KB PDF

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The Reefsteamers Depot Story

20-02-2014 Hits:451 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

The Reefsteamers Depot Story

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, A few weeks ago, I was commissioned by George Hoddinott to produce an extensive presentation document with a special emphasis on the Reefsteamers Depot,...

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

21-01-2014 Hits:502 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their January 2014 newsletter Click here to read more - 100A (365 kb) Click here to read more - 100B (471 kb)

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Transnet Heritage Developments

20-01-2014 Hits:436 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet Heritage Developments

Transnet Heritage DevelopmentsTransnet Rail Museum Click here to read more (URL)

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

20-01-2014 Hits:263 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their October 2013 newsletter Click here to read more - 99A (286 kb) Click here to read more - 99B (286 kb)  

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Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives a…

14-10-2013 Hits:1409 Community News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives and Rolling Stock

Release One - 8th October 2013 A circular was recently released to all SIA members as follows: Dear Members, Transnet Foundation have released the attached lists of steam locomotives and coaches which they envisage...

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Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

16-09-2013 Hits:711 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, SAR Steam Tours will be running a traditional long distance steam tour this year, from 16-26 November 2013. The locomotives and coaches will be provided...

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A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items

06-09-2013 Hits:473 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items The Port Elizabeth Apple Express Click here to read more (324kb) Article supplied by Peter Burton

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Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

05-09-2013 Hits:506 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

Demolishing of structure at De Hoek (Click here to read more - 715kb) De Hoek Demolition Plan (Click here to read more - 210kb) Your comments on the above would be greatly appreciated....

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